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Normally, we tag the ways in a public park as highway=footway. However, in many parks the ways are very large or even large areas, especially in "french" style parks as seen here. Tagging these surfaces as closed ways with highway=footway is disadvised by the wiki. So, what would be the good way to tag these areas?

asked 04 Nov '14, 09:16

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edited 04 Nov '14, 12:45

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In this case drawing a closed way with highway=pedestrian and area=yes seems fine to me. If bicycles are allowed then add bicycle=yes, too.

Alternatively there is a area:highway proposal which suggests to use the tag area:highway=footway without(!) an additional highway tag. This isn't currently rendered anywhere as far as I know.

Note that you can always specify the width of a way, although it won't get rendered at the standard layers at the moment.

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answered 04 Nov '14, 09:35

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edited 04 Nov '14, 10:10

highway=pedestrian is the appropriate tag for downtown shopping areas but seems not to fit for ways and areas in recreational parks. area:highway seems the better solution. According ti tagwatch it is used 12.400 times, and will hopefully be rendered some day on the major maps.

(04 Nov '14, 11:34) rainerU

In my opinion highway=pedestrian should not be restricted to shopping areas. Shopping areas are just an example where highway=pedestrian can often be found.

(04 Nov '14, 11:45) scai ♦

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